Asteroid named after CMS alumnus Randall Rosenfeld

April 18, 2012 by Communications

CMS alumnus Randall Rosenfeld has received a special honour – no doubt a first for a CMS alumnus: he had an asteroid named after him. Information on asteroid (283990) Randallrosenfeld, first discovered in September 2004, is most easily found on the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s site. The asteroid is also announced on the website of the IAU’s Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (see the last page of this document).

Randall Rosenfeld is the national archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has created a first-class archive that provides an insight on the development of Canadian astronomy in the last century, and has brought old but valuable observing records to light.

Randall has also just won the 2012 Simon Newcomb Award of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for excellence in astronomical writing. Congratulations!!